Temperature tops 40 C in central Japan city, record high for Sept.
Kyodo -- Sep 04
The central Japan city of Sanjo registered a temperature of 40.4 C on Thursday, a national record high for September, as a wide area along the Sea of Japan coast witnessed extraordinary heat.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the intense heat in the city in Niigata Prefecture may have been caused by a Foehn wind -- a warm, dry gust periodically descending the leeward slope of a mountain.

The agency also said warm air from the East China Sea blew toward Typhoon Maysak that moved north over the Sea of Japan.

It was the first time that the mercury topped 40 C in Japan in September. The previous record for the month was 39.7 C registered in Kumagaya in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, on Sept. 2, 2000.

3日、観測史上初めて9月に40度を観測。さらには台風10号も近付いています。  まるで9月とは思えない光景です。新潟県三条市の道路では冬に雪を解かすために使う消雪パイプの水を打ち水として活用し、暑さ対策をしています。日本海側では午前中から記録的な暑さとなり、三条市では40.2度を観測。9月に40度を観測するのは全国で初めてのことです。  ここまで気温が上昇した理由。それは台風に向かう南風によるフェーン現象の影響です。関東でも局地的に雨雲が発達。降ったかと思ったらわずか数分ほどで晴れ、この雨も台風9号が関係していました。
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